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July 1984

Results of Kidney Retransplantation

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Howard and Pfaff), Pathology (Dr Scornik), and Pediatrics (Dr Fennell), University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(7):796-799. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390190040009

• Sixty-two patients had a second renal transplant at the University of Florida, Gainesville, between Nov 30, 1966 and June 26,1982. Two-year graft function for all 62 patients was 53.2%, and patient survival was 83.9%. The 51 recipients of cadaveric grafts had a two-year graft survival of 47%. Eleven patients who received second grafts from related donors had a two-year graft survival of 81.8%. Source of first grafts and length of survival of first grafts did not seem to be important in determining the outcome of second grafts. Recipients of cadaveric second kidneys had a significantly better two-year graft survival if they waited longer than six months between loss of the first kidney and retransplantation (52.9%) than if they waited less than six months (35.3%). We believe the results of kidney retransplantation justify second transplants In patients who lost their first grafts.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:796-799)

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